The release of the Nexus 5 is a huge deal for the Android market, as it is the first smartphone to make use of Android 4.4 KitKat. When Google first announced KitKat they did not share much with us, but now it’s out in the open there is so much we can learn.
We already know how well the Nexus 5 performs when pitted against its rivals, but what of the features of the new mobile OS? Even though the handset is available there is still a lot to learn, although we can already see with the User Interface that there are some huge changes.
However, as the Nexus 5 is still a very new smartphone, not many of you will have your hands on one, and so will be very hard to see what those new features are. However, there was a leaked document that shared some of those features, and we have to say things do look rather promising for the platform.
The features that have been leaked are not the main ones, as those will be what everyone is talking about; these are the lesser known ones that could give us an idea of what to expect from Android at a later date.
What we do like best is how the 4.4 KitKat download will be available to a wider range of Android handsets, and so helps to ease fragmentation from many of the entry-level models. The reason for this is because there are some clever software enchantments that allows for KitKat to work on Android devices even with low amounts of RAM. This is something Apple does well, with the iPad Air being proof, as it has just 1GB of RAM.
One of the more interesting buried Android 4.4 KitKat features is the ability for the OS to work well with wearable devices, such as the upcoming Google smartwatch. The reason for this assumption is due to the fact that the new software can support a trio of new sensors, these are “geomagnetic rotation vector, step detector and step counter.”
Google is not letting go of NFC and has made several improvements to make the feature even better, and as such will be pushing Google Wallet hard. However, the one feature that interests us is the huge focus Google is making on infrared TV sensors with its new OS, but it is strange why the Nexus 5 does not have the sensor that the latest Galaxy range has.
These are just some of the lesser-known features of Android 4.4 KitKat, but what main features are you happy with, and what would you like to see improved?
How long will it be before the likes of Samsung and HTC offer us a release date for Android 4.4 KitKat support?